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Suspended prison sentence for unregistered immigration adviser


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A former recruitment consultant has been given a 12-week suspended sentence for providing unregulated immigration advice.

The Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) prosecuted Namrata Thakkar, of Priory Gardens, Acton in London for continuing to give immigration advice despite no longer being covered by its regulation scheme. Ms Thakkar pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Deputy Immigration Services Commissioner Dr Ian Leigh said that

These are serious offences that are aggravated by incompetent service… and I am pleased with the outcome in this case.

The OISC says that just four unregulated advisers were successfully prosecuted last year, out of 120 completed investigations, although 20 more cases were awaiting trial or sentencing.

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